Hey, I'm David Carnoy, and I review headphones for cnet.com.
And a lot of people these days are asking me, what are the best true wireless ear buds out there right now?
Well, I've got a lot of them in front of me, and we're gonna go through them and try to answer that question.
Let's start with the least expensive models first, not everyone wants to spend $250 on the AirPods Pro.
I've got one here.
These are the earphone free, and they retail for less than $50.
Well they're a little bit generic looking They are pretty comfortable to wear and they also sound pretty decent and work well as a headset for making calls.
So a lot of bank for the buck with these headphones okay so stepping up to $100 now we get the Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2.
Of these the successor to the live the ears and what's better about these, is they have a wireless charging the us have you SPC charging, better battery life and really the key feature, here is better call quality, these have four microphones and they do a really good job, at reducing the noise around you when you're making calls.
The sound quality is decent, it's not gonna be as good as some of these higher end models I'm gonna talk about later, but it is pretty good.
So now stepping up to the $150 price range you have the anchor liberty two pros.
This is gonna sound better than the Liberty.
Air to it's also got a little bit different design.
It's not gonna fit quite as many years as delivery to airs.
But this does sound better it has richer sound quality, bigger base dynamic sound.
It also has wireless charging, and USBC charging is really designed to sound more like a headphone in the 200 $250 price range, but these guys cost $150 Now things start to get a little compressed as you head from the $150 to $250 price range is a lot of models in this price range.
Let's start with the Jaybird Vista.
This is really designed for active people runners.
And really fits in your ears really snugly, tightly.
It has the sports wings here, and this is one of the more comfortable snugly fit headphones.
It sounds pretty good.
It doesn't sound as nearly as good as some of the models that are in the 200 to $250 price range.
These are $180 Coming a variety of colors USBC charging.
I also really liked the case.
It's really compact doesn't have wireless charging in it, but it's got this little lanyard you can attach to it.
Battery life saw so pretty good.
The one thing I'd say is that if you want to use these for making calls that are only okay for making calls, I would say they're great for making calls.
Next up is the Jabra Elite 75T, it's actually earned an editor's choice recently, it's the successor to the 65T, really the key differences here are that it's a smaller ear bud, and also a smaller case, about 20% smaller both the earbuds and the case and it has USBC charging That new design should allow this to fit more ears better.
One of the problems with the 65T was a little bit big and it just didn't fit certain people's ears well.
These are also very good for making calls maybe not quite as good as the AirPods Pro or the Anker Liberty Air 2. They also sound good.
I think they sound Slightly better than the AirPods Pro, they're a little bit more dynamic, they have a little bit more base definition, just a little more excitement to them.
One of the other thing I should mention about this is they do have better battery life than the AirPods Pro and the original 65Ts about 7.5 hours.
So this were originally supposed to come out at $200 but I think Jobbers saw the competition from the AirPods pro, brought these down to 180 and that make is a more attractive option at that price point.
So now we're gonna go above $200 or we're gonna hit the Sony WF1000X mark three, I don't create the model names.
These are among my favorite sounding to others ear buds.
They're a little bit bigger.
They do stick out from your ears little bit.
Some people might not like it.
They fit my ears really well.
The case is a little bit big.
It does have USBC charging.
Battery life is really good ,you should get above seven hours on these.
And the other key feature here is that they do have noise cancelling, just like the AirPods pro do.
I would say these are a little bit better and noise cancelling Denny\g AirPods pro Not as discreet looking and one of the other small problems is that the headset performance using these to make calls just isn't as good as the AirPods Pro, and I was really hoping that they would be a little bit better in that area.
Alright, we're going up another $25 into the $250 price range.
Let's start with the Sennheiser Momentum true wireless.
They sound really good.
They're a little bit big.
They also have USBC charging but battery life is only okay, around four hours.
And the other small issue with them is with the charging case.
If you leave these guys out or if you don't use them for a while and you haven't charged the case, both the earbuds and the case will slowly drain their battery.
Allow these other ones if you leave them out for a while That's not going to happen.
Also, at $230 you have the Beats Powerbeats Pro.
If you remember when these first came out, people were really excited because they were looking for AirPods that had better sound.
And these Powerbeats Pro certainly have a better sound.
They have a sportier design They go over your ear and they have a lot better battery that they have some of the best battery life of any of these true wireless earphones.
They do have lightning charging and they do charge quickly.
But for some people it's gonna be a little bit too big a case.
The other small issue is for some people these won't quite fit your ears.
I have a My own tips on here I do use these jumbo tips so just make sure these fit in your ears.
They are a very good to us headphone.
Also at $200 you have the air pods Pro, these are probably the most popular to wireless model They have good sound, it's open sound, I would say that some of these other models sound a little bit better just more definition in the base, but overall they sound decent.
They also are very good for making calls, their battery life is pretty good at five hours and they have always on Siri that's that hands free Siri so maybe not a great deal at $200 but a pretty safe bet.
All right we can throw one last high end model, it is the master dynamic M07 Plus there also is an M07 but the plus improves upon the battery life, some of the connectivity issues that the MWO7 had, and really the master dynamic is kind of a swanky model it has this chrome case you actually Get a case for the case, which is a little weird but this will get scratched up if you leave it in a bag.
These are kind of known for their audio file quality.
Some of the best kinda well balanced sound detail, nice definition in the base.
And as I said this bottle has better battery life.
Its design is a little bit funky They do stay in your ears pretty well.
I had a little bit trouble getting a tight seal I had to bring my own year tips.
And it's really crucial that you get a tight seal with these four you won't get the really good sound quality.
Not for For everyone but a set of really good sounding true wireless ear buds.
So I probably haven't answered your question quite yet about what is the best true wireless set of ear buds, and that really kind of depends on your price point.
These Liberty errs are probably the best at $100 if that's all you have to spend.
And if you wanna go up, then there are a lot more choices.
As I said before the AirPods pro or a safe bet.
Right now is our highest rated set of true wireless ear buds.
Right beneath it is this Jabra elite 75t it's about $75 less I think more people will like the AirPods slightly more.
I also liked the Sony's for their sound.
So they are worth considering, particularly if they do go on sale eventually.
And I also use these jaybird [UNKNOWN] a lot for running, they're easy to carry around at the gym, you know sound quite as good as some of the other models.
If you're looking for a kind of an overall value.
This is [UNKNOWN] liberty 2 Pro is good, it sounds good.
It has good headset performance, and then we get down to the $50 price range.
Amazon as I said has just a ton of these models.
These do sound good and really have great features for the money.
Last but not least you have the power beats pro What I have seen since the AirPods pro have come out that this model has been coming down in price.
Apple does own beats.
So Apple has two models competing against each other but that's probably a good thing because this is a very good headphone for some people's ears.
Ultimately, it's really hard to declare a true winner in this category.
All the models here are highly rated and recommendable but there's three I gave the editors Choice Award to the anchor sound core Liberty air to that one was my value pick.
The Jobra Elite 75 T. It's a good all around choice.
And then the Apple iPods Pro.
They're really comfortable to wear the sound better than the original iPods.
They have nice feature set, and they work really well for making calls.
If you wanna wait, there'll be plenty of new true wireless earbuds in the coming months including ones from Microsoft, Google, and both And that means I'll probably be doing this again sooner than I might like.
I'm David Carnoy for CNET.COM.
Thanks for watching.
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